The IMCC statement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice was drafted by the DEIJ Committee. It is a living document which will, no doubt, continue to evolve as our sangha changes and the community of which we are a part changes.
To reach the DEIJ committee with any sort of feedback or questions, you may confidentially email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMCC is committed to creating a socially aware, welcoming, and open-hearted refuge where all can benefit from the teachings of the Buddha (dharma), including people of color, members of the LGBTQIA2+ community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities. Historically, IMCC has not been a place of inclusion and equity where marginalized groups have felt they belonged, and therefore our sangha does not currently reflect our larger community. IMCC is committed to addressing the barriers that have kept people from finding a spiritual home here. We aim to provide a safe space for our practitioners to explore and learn the dharma, based upon a deep cultural humility that openly acknowledges and actively seeks to incorporate our community ’s diverse backgrounds and current experiences.
We are committed to a socially engaged Buddhism that actively fosters equity within our sangha and through service to our surrounding community. Our practice is not just about individual awakening, enlightenment, and freedom, but about our collective journey and transformation toward a shared experience of wisdom and justice. Interdependence with the world of suffering beings is embodied in the Buddhist vision of the bodhisattva, the inspired practitioner who vows to awaken in support of the liberation of all beings.
this end, IMCC has created a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
committee which includes members of the Board as well as sangha members.
This committee will define our mission and objectives, with input from
our membership, and then outline specific actions designed to make these
goals a reality. We pledge to begin with curiosity, inquiry, and
reflection. This effort will be a shared responsibility throughout our
sangha and an ongoing process involving some immediate steps as well as
other actions that will unfold over time.
It is our intention to be a community that embodies:
– acknowledging and valuing differences based on race, sexual
orientation, gender, gender expression, age, class, wealth, education,
abilities, background, opinions, experience, and other social and
– meeting people where they are while removing barriers to success and
not treating everyone the same. It means dissecting the broken parts
with a sincere desire to learn and understand (without judgment).
– creating an environment that supports a sense of belonging for people
from diverse social groups, allowing us to awaken together.
• Justice – extending our inward awakening outward into the “external” realm of collective healing and liberation, the expression of compassion for the suffering of the world.
• Cultural humility – using our beginner ’s
mind enables us to listen, reflect, become aware of power and
privilege, hear a multiplicity of voices, learn from one another, and
create a safe space.
This commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive sangha is a reflection of dharma in action.
On March 30, 2021 the DEIJ Committee Members presented the statement of purpose to the sangha.
Laura DeVault, Bd. member
Philip Dupont, Board member
Susan Kaufman, Bd. member
Barbara Maille, Bd. member
Benita Mayo, sangha member
Lyn Morland, sangha member
Ann Marie Smith, Bd. member
Bev Wann, sangha member Dan Zisk, sangha member